Lake Fork Fishing Tips
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Hot New Plastics from Lake Fork TackleArticle: October, 2008
Since I first started bass fishing as a kid, I’ve always looked forward to the new Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops catalogs each winter. Nothing stokes a bass angler more than hundreds of pages of sparkly new creations that catch the fish’s and the angler’s eye alike. While shopping for new lures is not only a fun way to pass a stormy day, they can also breathe new life into our favorite old techniques. On pressured waters like Lake Fork, changing a jig trailer or a Carolina rig bait from the old standby to an unfamiliar new one can be the difference between a few bites and catching a lot of bass. With that in mind, here are a few innovative items that I’ve started fishing with from Lake Fork Trophy Lures.
One of my new favorites is the Hyper Worm. This is one of the highly anticipated new baits Mark Pack used to win the FLW Tour Wal*Mart Open this summer on Beaver Lake. Based on the proven segmented body style of the Live Magic Shad, the paddle tail of the Hyper Worm produces a very wide wobble and a ton of water displacing vibrations as it swims along. Available in 3 sizes, the Hyper Worm works well as a stand alone bait or as a jig trailer. For a jig trailer, rig it with the paddle tail in line with the jig hook and I’ll typically bite about an inch off the head of the worm. Work your jig with a swimming retrieve like you would with a spinnerbait, or fish it with sharp hops, similar to the way you’d fish a jigging spoon. Either way, the flapping of the tail will give bass a look they probably haven’t seen before. In addition, the Hyper Worm can be rigged a number of ways to give your traditional rigs a new look. Fish them on a weightless hook or a weighted Ultimate Swimbait Hook and fish them similar to the way you’d fish any swimbait, wake bait, or a stickbait like a Senko. They’ll come right through heavy grass and wood cover this way and work well in traditional frog and buzzbait territory. Hyper Worms also fish very well on Texas rigs and Carolina rigs, just give them a bit more of a hop or a pull so you get that great tail wagging action.
Also new in the Hyper family of baits is the Hyper Freak. It combines the cover penetrating compactness of the Lake Fork Flipper with the wild flapping tail action of the Hyper Worm. With a massive tail, both sizes of the Hyper Freak are my new favorites for flipping heavy cover on a Texas rig or as a jig trailer. The large tail needs a fair amount of weight to activate the tail, while the drag it creates still makes for a slow fall. As a result, you can use a large bullet weight or jighead to make for easy casting even in the wind, while maintaining the bite producing slow fall of a much lighter lure. On the Texas rig, I’ll use a 3/8 oz sinker for the regular sized Hyper Freak, while a ¼ oz bullet weight works best for the Baby Freak. On jigs, I use 3/8 oz Mega Weight jigs when I’m fishing around light cover or in shallow water, while the ½ oz size works better for penetrating thick cover or in water over 15’ deep. Whether on the jig or a Texas rig, the Hyper Freak works well both with swimming and a hopping retrieve. The wide wobble of the tail calls bass in from a long way to crush the bait.
On the other end of the action spectrum are the new Hyper Finesse Worm and Wack’n Worm. With segmented tails like the Live Magic Shad, these worms have a lively action. However, the thin flexible tails produce a subtle shimmy for bass that are more finicky or pressured. The Hyper Finesse Worm’s subtle action is perfect for shaky head rigs, finesse Carolina or split shot rigs, and on drop shots. The segmented tail delivers a lot of tail action with the smallest twitch of your rod, with a lifelike flutter even when sitting at rest. For fans of the wacky rig or flick shake/wacky jighead rigs, the new Wack’n Worm has the segmented action tail at both ends of the worm, designed to give a double dose of quivering action at both ends of the worm. When shallow bass are pressured, it’s now the first bait I reach for to get a limit.
So the next time the bass seem to ignore your presentations on your favorite honey holes, try the new profiles and actions of these baits and you might just trick a few of those wary old lunkers.
Fishing Tip by Lake Fork Pro Tom Redington